Accounted For

The following Marines have been officially “accounted for”
since this site was founded in December 2011.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of field teams and lab technicians,
researchers and nonprofit groups,
and families, friends, and comrades who never gave up hope,
this list will continue to grow.
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2017

35 Accounted For
last updated 17 October


PhM2c Thomas Jesse Murphy
Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
Recovered by History Flight.
Accounted for 12 October 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)


Corporal Raymond Arthur Barker
Company C, 1st Corps Tank Battalion (Medium) – “Condor”
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
Accounted for 10 October 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)


Private Edwin William Jordan
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
Recovered by History Flight.
Accounted for 10 October 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)


Sergeant Elden William Grimm
Company A, First Battalion, 18th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 25 November 1943.
Accounted for 6 October 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)


Corporal John Vincent McNichol
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943.
Recovered by History Flight.
Accounted for 6 October 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)


PFC Albert Strange
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
Recovered by History Flight.
Accounted for 6 October 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)

PFC Harold Patrick Hannon
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
Recovered by History Flight.
Accounted for 4 October 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)

PFC Donald Ross Tolson
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
Accounted for: 27 September 2017
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)

Private John Merrill Tillman
Company F, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for: 27 September 2017
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)

Second Lieutenant Elwood Ray Bailey
VMF-223
Shot down in aerial combat while intercepting a bomber raid on Henderson Field, 24 August 1942. Believed to have bailed out over Tulagi.
Reported as missing in action on date of mission; declared dead on 25 August 1943.
Remains located and repatriated 2017.
Accounted for 27 September, 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)

Private First Class Francis Eugene Drake
Company C, First Battalion, 7th Marines
KIA during Third Battle of the Matanikau, Guadalcanal, 9 October 1942.
Buried in the field, Guadalcanal, 9 October 1942.
Grave discovered by Michael Tokuru, Jr., in April, 2013.
Remains turned over to JPAC for processing.
Identified 28 August 2017
Accounted for 6 April 2016 (retroactive)
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (pending)

Sergeant William David Ball, Jr.
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
Missing in action on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Reported as MIA; declared dead 11/21/1944
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Identified 26 July 2017
Accounted for 13 September 2017
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (13 September 2017)

Private George Frank Patrick
Company D, First Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Identified on 28 August 2017
Accounted for 1 September 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)

Private First Class Harold Vernon Thomas
Company F, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Identified 28 August 2017
Accounted for 30 August 2017
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)

Private First Class Manuel Menendez
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Identified on 28 August 2017
Accounted for 30 August 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)

Assistant Cook Frank Louis Masoni
Headquarters Company, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Identified on 28 August 2017
Accounted for 29 August 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (pending)

Private Vernon Paul Keaton
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
KIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.
Buried as an unknown, Punchbowl Cemetery, 1941.
Accounted for 24 August 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (5 September 2017)

Private Joseph Carmine Carbone
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 17 July 2017.
Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY (30 September 2017)
 DPAA Announcement (21 July 2017)

Private Alberic Maurice “Bricky” Blanchette
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 17 July 2017.
Holy Rosary Cemetery, Caribou, ME (18 September 2017)
 DPAA Announcement (21 July 2017)

Corporal Anthony George Guerriero
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 11 July 2017.
To be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, 14 November 2017.
 DPAA Announcement (14 July 2017)

Corporal Raymond Clark Snapp
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 11 July 2017.
 Northwest Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery (15 September 2017)
DPAA Announcement (14 July 2017)
DPAA Funeral Announcement (8 September 2017)
Obituary
“Finally home: Marine killed 74 years ago laid to rest.”
“WWII Marine’s identity discovered after 70 years.”

PFC George Bernard Murray
Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Accounted for 19 June 2017.
Arroyo Grande Cemetery, California (18 August 2017)
 DPAA Announcement (20 June 2017)
“Family Waiting for WWII Soldier’s Return from Tarawa” (2011)
“WWII Marine’s Remains Are Coming Home To Oceano” (2017)

PFC Ray James
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 19 June 2017.
Buried in Sylvarena, Mississippi (22 September 2017.)
DPAA Announcement (19 June 2017)
DPAA Funeral Announcement (15 September 2017)
Obituary
“After nearly 74 years, Marine laid to rest in Sylvarena”
“WWII service member buried in his Mississippi hometown”

Private Archie W. Newell
Company C, Second Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division
Missing in action on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Reported as MIA; determined dead 26 January 1944.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 12 June 2017.
To be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on 8 December 2017.
 DPAA Announcement (19 June 2017)

PFC Sam John Kourkos
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 21 November 1943
Buried on Betio, “Division Cemetery, grave unknown,” November 1943.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 9 May, 2017
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (19 May 2017)

Corporal Henry Andregg, Jr.
Company C, Second Amphibious Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried on Betio, “grave unknown,” November 1943.
Remains located in Cemetery 26 by 604th AGRS; buried in Lone Palm Cemetery  as “X-3” on 18 March 1946.
Examined and declared unidentifiable, June 1948.
Buried in Plot E, Grave 621, NMCP 22 March 1949.
Exhumed and identified 6 December 2016.
Accounted for 19 May 2017.
Chattanooga National Cemetery (25 August 2017)
DPAA Announcement (19 May 2017)
DPAA Press Release (23 August 2017)
Obituary (23 August 2017)
“Marine Veteran to return home after nearly 75 years.”
“WWII Marine killed at Tarawa finally makes way home.”

Second Lieutenant George Stanley Bussa
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, “Cemetery 3, Row A, Grave 40,” November 1943.
Remains recovered by History Flight, 2016.
Accounted for 21 April, 2017.
Arlington National Cemetery (10 October 2017)
 DPAA Announcement (21 April 2017)

PFC Jack Junior Fox
Company L, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943
Buried on Betio, “details unknown,” November 1943.
Remains located by 604th AGRS in 1946; buried as “Unknown.”
Moved to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 1949.
Accounted for 21 March 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (4 April 2017)

Private Donald Samuel Spayd
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, “grave unknown,” November 1943.
Remains recovered by History Flight, June 2015.
Accounted for 16 March 2017.
Arlington National Cemetery (13 September 2017)
 DPAA Announcement (17 March 2017)

Captain James Wentworth Boyden
VMTB-233
Pilot of TBF-1C 24264.
Missing in action from strike on Simpson Harbor, Rabaul on 14 February 1944.
Declared dead 15 February 1945.
Wreck of aircraft discovered in Simpson Harbor, 1980.
Site investigated and remains recovered 2015 – 2016.
Accounted for 3 March 2017.
Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA
DPAA News Release (27 March 2017)
History of the crash site (via Pacific Wrecks)
Crew: PFC Bernard C. Pardun and PFC Arthur J. Patrickus

Second Lieutenant Harry Hamilton Gaver
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
KIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.
Buried as an unknown, Punchbowl Cemetery, 1941.
Accounted for 1 March, 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
 DPAA Announcement (5 May 2017)

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Corporal Walter George Critchley
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #4, November 1943.
Remains found by History Flight expedition.
Accounted for 4 January, 2017
To be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, 18 October 2017.
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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Gunnery Sergeant Sidney Asa Cook
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in 8th Marines Cemetery #2, Grave #24, November 1943.
Remains found by History Flight expedition.
Accounted for 4 January, 2017
Arlington National Cemetery (6 September 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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PFC Larry Ronald Roberts
Special Weapons Group, Second Defense Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 25 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Remains found by History Flight expedition.
Accounted for 4 January 2017.
Arlington National Cemetery (14 June 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)

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PFC James Ottis Whitehurst
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in the field, November 1943.
Remains found by History Flight expedition.
Accounted for 4 January 2017.
Cowarts Cemetery, Cowarts, AL (12 April 2017)
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)
Obituary
“Remains of Marine killed during WWII being returned to Ashford”
“Marine recalls experience escorting fallen WWII vet home”
“Missing WWII Marine makes final journey home”

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Second Lieutenant Ernest Albert Matthews, Jr.
HQ Company, HQ Battalion, 2nd Marine Division
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Buried in Grave 11, Row A, Eastern Division Cemetery, November 1943.
Accounted for 4 January 2017.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (6 January 2017)